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11/24/2020

 


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  Academy Bus sued for defrauding NJ Transit out of $15 million

 

New Jersey has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Academy Bus, which advertises itself as the nation's largest private transportation company, as well as related entities and individuals, according to a statement by the office of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

 

  From Bus & Motorcoach News:

New Jersey has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Academy Bus, which advertises itself as the nation's largest private transportation company, as well as related entities and individuals, according to a statement by the office of New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

The AG's complaint alleges the defendants defrauded New Jersey Transit (NJT) out of more than $15 million by vastly underreporting the number of scheduled bus trips the company missed and charging fees for hours and miles driven for bus trips that never happened.

Filed in state Superior Court in Essex County, the lawsuit alleges that Academy engaged in an "extensive multi-year, multimillion-dollar fraud" by failing to report tens of thousands of missed bus trips between April 2012 and December 2018. The case is the highest dollar-value whistleblower lawsuit in which the state has intervened.

Riders 'stranded'

The complaint further alleges that Academy's fraud also "caused the riding public to suffer because Academy missed tens of thousands of bus trips on busy Hudson and South Hudson service area bus lines. Riders were delayed if not stranded."

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  Masabi Introduces Mobile Ticketing System to 7 Calif. Transit Agencies
 

The San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCG) and Masabi launched a new cashless mobile ticketing to make using and paying for public transit safer and easier throughout California’s Central Valley.


    From Metro:

The San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCG) and Masabi launched a new cashless mobile ticketing to make using and paying for public transit safer and easier throughout California’s Central Valley.

EZHub, which is available in the Vamos Mobility App from Kyyti, will allow transit riders to purchase tickets for any of the seven participating transit systems in the region: San Joaquin RTD, Manteca Transit, Tracer, eTrans, Altamont Corridor Express (ACE Rail), GrapeLine, and City of Ripon. This will cover the regional bus and rail transit services throughout San Joaquin County and local bus transit service in the cities of Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Tracy, and Escalon. Talks are ongoing to expand the app’s functionality beyond San Joaquin County, and to add further mobility partners. The app, powered by Masabi's Justride Fare Payments-as-a-Service platform, is currently available in both the App Store and Google Play.

"The launch of EZHub represents the dawn of a new era for transit riders in San Joaquin County," said Diane Nguyen, deputy director at SJCOG. "From now on, not only will people be able to buy their tickets at any time, anywhere, but that ticket will take them wherever they want to go in San Joaquin County, saving the hassle of keeping track of multiple tickets, schedules, and services across different agencies."

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  NSTA Urges CDC to Classify School Bus Drivers as High Priority for COVID Vaccine Access

 

The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) is calling for school bus drivers to be classified as a high priority in federal recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine allocations.

  
    From School Bus Fleet:

The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) is calling for school bus drivers to be classified as a high priority in federal recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine allocations.

The NSTA submitted on Monday comments to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in support of school bus drivers being classified as a high priority in the ACIP recommendations for Phased Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccines, according to a news release from the NSTA.  They also gave the testimony during the committee's November 2020 meeting, which was held virtually on Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Private school bus transportation companies account for 38% of bus service for school districts around the country, employing over 250,000 individuals. Industrywide, almost 26 million students are transported to and from school daily, utilizing nearly 500,000 school buses.

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